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Development And Local Opposition

07/19/10 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP/Toby Talbot

There's long been tension between developers and local citizens.  In some cases the tension surrounds projects like wind farms, prison work camps or drug treatment centers. In other cases housing projects and industry expansion raise questions about traffic, noise and pollution. 

Those who support these projects say they're often stymied by local citizens blocking their efforts simply because they don't want them in their neighborhood.

But local opponents say they have their community's interests at heart and they have legitimate concerns about the social, environmental, economic or aesthetic impact of these projects. 

We talk with Sean Nolon, the Vermont Law School's Director Of Dispute Resolution about the tensions between local citizens and developers - and how the conflicts can be resolved. 

We also speak with Annette Smith. Executive Director of Vermonters For A Clean Environment and Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power.Listen

 

Also, at one time Vermont was known for its grain production.  Now some farms are returning to grain as a cash crop.  We visit Boundbrook Farm in Vergennes, where wheat is not only grown, but used in the bread baked there.  Listen

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Related Links

Boundbrook Farm & Good Companion Bakery Sean Nolon's Vermont Law School Web page Vermont Edition: Vermont Grains Vermonters For A Clean Environment Green Mountain Power
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